"Council moves BCHA board appointments to closed session" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/MaLinda Reddell
Eagle Scout Caleb Spears, center, presented a check from McCoy's Building Supply for his $3,500 project to add ga-ga ball pits at Valiant Park across from Bay City Junior High School and at Amistad Park. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping; with the objective of being the last person standing. Spears is joined by city Finance Director Scotty Jones, Parks and Recreation Director Shawn Blackburn and Mayor Robert Nelson.

   Mayor Robert Nelson pulled an open session item about Bay City Housing Authority (BCHA) board appointments into a closed-door meeting at council’s regular meeting Thursday, Sept. 12.
   Council’s Thursday agenda included the reappointment of three BCHA board members three members: Danyal Manning, Vidalia Leal and Ronnie Reeves and the appointment of Thomas Battle.
   When the agenda came up, Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers began to speak, only to be interrupted by Nelson.
   “We’re not talking about that now. We’re going to talk about it in closed session,” the mayor said.
   The Sentinel first asked the mayor and council what provision of the open meetings act allowed council to discuss people who were not city employees as an allowable personnel matter in an executive session.
   City Attorney Anne Marie Odefy said the housing authority appointments were pushed into closed meeting not under personnel, but “legal,” without further explanation.


"Matthews’ 2 main goals from Bay City Friday: Discipline, execution" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat running back Avery Smith gets some yardage on this play, part of the 60 yards rushing he had against GP.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews is doubling down on consistency and execution when Bay City travels to District 18-6A Westbury this Friday, Sept. 20. 
   While the Huskies (0-3) have struggled so far this season, Matthews said “They’re looking for a win just as we are.” 
   “The biggest thing for us is finding a way for this team to win,” the coach added.
   Bay City is coming off a 37-7 loss to 5A Gregory-Portland last Friday.
   “We need to play well. We haven’t played well since Cuero,” he said, explaining he was referring to the Blackcat defensive game Cuero.
   “Offensively, we’ve got to find a way to put it together. We need to find the right mix of people.
   “We haven’t established our identity as far as offense is concerned.”
   It all boils down to consistency and execution, he said.


"Injury-riddled Tidehaven welcomes Shiner Friday" by: Mike Reddell

   The Tidehaven Tigers have their work cut out for them when they host the District 15-2A-1 Shiner Comanches (3-0) Friday night.
   Tidehaven is coming off a 34-22 loss to cross-county rival Palacios and Head Coach David Lucio is trying to move people into positions because of injuries.
   “We went into the Palacios game down five starters, and left down three more. We are trying to get healthy,” the head coach said.
   “Shiner has a very good ball club, might be the best we see all year. 
   “It would be a tossup between them and Refugio,” Lucio said.
   “They have some great running backs, about four of them that could start for most programs in the state at any level. Their defense is also very good,” Lucio added. 
   “In the meantime, we will be playing a number of young kids and reserves. 
   “I was very proud of how are kids battled last Friday,” the coach said. 


"Leopards rout Rams" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Van Vleck senior quarterback Joshua Delarosa still arms a Kashmere defender last Friday night.

   The Van Vleck Leopards celebrated homecoming night by scoring early and often in a 43-8 blowout of the Kashmere Rams.
   With the win, Van Vleck moves to 2-0 on the season before their first road game this Friday night against Second Baptist.
   The Leopards lit up the scoreboard on their second offensive possession of the night. 
   After a Kashmere punt set up Van Vleck at their own 47-yard line, it only took two plays for the Leopards to score.  
   Van Vleck quarterback Josh DeLarosa connected with Kadarius Woodard on a 50-yard pass-and-catch to start the drive, followed by a DeLarosa quarterback keeper from three yards out for the first Van Vleck score of the night. 
   Slade Huerta booted the extra point through, and the Leopards were out in front 7-0. 
   The Van Vleck defense stood stiff on the next Ram drive, forcing a punt. 


Jason Anderson Memorial Tournament features 160 players

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
The 10th Annual Jason Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament had 40 teams of foursomes - 160 players - as you can see from just part of the crowd at Rio Colorado Golf Course Saturday, Sept. 14. The tournament funds several local scholarships annually.


Van Vleck ISD rededicates stadium

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   Van Vleck ISD rededicated Burl McKinney Stadium after months of renovations Friday, Sept. 6. 
   In front of a packed crowd at the Leopards first home football game, VVISD and friends and family of Burl McKinney celebrated the rededication of our stadium.
   Burl and his wife Mary Ann came to Van Vleck in 1962. McKinney taught physical education and coached. 
   He started the physical education program at the Van Vleck Elementary School. He was assistant athletic director until he became the athletic director in 1964, a position he held until 1972. In 1972, McKinney was named principal of Van Vleck Elementary School, a position he held until his death in 1987. 
   In 1988, the football stadium at Van Vleck was rededicated in his honor.
   Superintendent John O’Brien said, “We are so excited to rededicate of stadium, Burl McKinney Stadium. 


"Blackcats return to drawing board in preparing for Gregory-Portland" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Blackcat senior Carlos Lara (1) stiff arms a Bellville defender and gets blocking help from Logan Maclennan (62) in action Friday night.

   Blackcat Head Coach Patrick Matthews stressed that players and coaches alike have to put a better plan on the field than what happened when Bay City lost 43-7 at Bellville last Friday night.
   “Our team laid an egg in the first quarter,” Matthews said of the Blackcats 26-0 deficit in the first quarter.
   “We must figure out if we’re the team we want to be,” he said, when the Blackcats host Gregory-Portland (GP) Friday night.
   “This will give us the chance to see how far we’ve come,” Matthews added.
   GP appears to be the offensive opposite to run-oriented Bellville.
   Where Bellville piled up 283 yards rushing against Bay City’s 147 yards.
   GP heavily relied on passing in its two wins this season.
   The Wildcats put up 254 passing yards against Victoria East in a 29-7 victory, and 231 aerial yards in beating Corpus Christi Carroll, a 45-12 win, in G-P’s opener.
   “That’s the system they run,” Matthews said.


"Leopards wipe out Wildcats" By John Hoffman Special to the Sentinel

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Van Vleck wide receiver Jalen Williams (6) gets some forward blocking from tackle Garrett Chambless (55) for yardage against Wheatley last Friday night.

   The Van Vleck Leopards scored on their first six possessions of the first half and never looked back in a 45-20 thrashing of the Wheatley Wildcats here Friday night.
      Everyone who filled Burl McKinney stadium was nervously anticipating how the Leopards would respond exactly one week after the unexpected passing of defensive coordinator Paul Benien, but it didn’t take the crowd long to see that the orange and black was ready to go.
   The Leopards took the opening kickoff from their own 30-yard line and went to work. Van Vleck quarterback Josh DeLarosa and running back Sam Bree led the offensive down the field. 
   DeLarosa hooked up with Jalen Williams to set the Leopards up at the Wheatley 1-yard line on the 9th play of the drive, with Bree taking it in from there for the first touchdown of the night. The 2-point conversion was no good, but Van Vleck had an early 6-0 lead with 9:03 left in the first quarter.


Tigers prepare for Palacios

Photo/Noemi Razo, Tiger Yearbook Staff
Tidehaven senior quarterback Blake Garcia passes with blockers Micah Coleman, 66, Jose Martinez, 34, and Jordan Meijas, 1, providing protection.

 Tidehaven will test its momentum after a 48-30 convincing win over Rice Consolidated last week when it takes on a cross-county rival Palacios (2-0) this Friday.
   Senior Tiger Quarterback Blake Garcia paced Tidehaven’s win over Rice with 250 yards passing – and four touchdowns - and he had a team-best 108 yards rushing.
   Senior wide receiver Mason Perales was Garcia’s main target, with Perales’ five receptions for 108 yards and four scoring catches.
   Perales was 4-4 in PAT kicks, topped by a two-point conversion run.
   Senior Kaden Henry had four catches for 92 yards and senior Alex Hernandez had two for 50 yards.  
   Sophomore Jose Martinez had 10 runs for 84 yards - the longest for 16 – and a touchdown. Junior Kylan Sardinea had four runs for 38 yards.
   Senior fullback Ben Ruiz was effective at the goal line, punching in two touchdowns.


BCHS Aristocats earn recognition at T Bar M

BCISD photo/Allison Sliva
Pictured are Aristocats earning ribbons for Pom, Hip Hop and Jazz routines. Pictured in back, l-r: Kylee Barron, Destyni Flores, Makylee Reyna, Amanda Maclennan, and Tysha Enoch. Middle row, l-r: Jabrion Thrift, Malay'zaih Patterson, Kayleigh Waggoner, Emilee Eidlebach and Brittany Olvera. In front, l-r: Kelis Plummer-Johnson, Shaytra Westmoreland and Amayah Payton.

   The Bay City High School Aristocats attended the Crowd Pleasers Team Camp at T Bar M from July 15th-17th in New Braunfels.
   They worked extremely hard bonding together as a team, and also learned three new dance routines.
   While there, they received awards including Elite Dancers, All-Star Dancers, and various ribbons.
   Aristocats Director is Wendy Hankins, and Assistant Director is Klaudie Stone.


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